Overview

A classic of 20th-century fiction, The Berlin Stories inspired the Broadway musical and Oscar-winning film Cabaret.

First published in the 1930s, The Berlin Stories contains two astonishing related novels, The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin,
which are recognized today as classics of modern fiction. Isherwood
magnificently captures ...
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The Berlin Stories

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Overview

A classic of 20th-century fiction, The Berlin Stories inspired the Broadway musical and Oscar-winning film Cabaret.

First published in the 1930s, The Berlin Stories contains two astonishing related novels, The Last of Mr. Norris and Goodbye to Berlin,
which are recognized today as classics of modern fiction. Isherwood
magnificently captures 1931 Berlin: charming, with its avenues and
cafés; marvelously grotesque, with its nightlife and dreamers;
dangerous, with its vice and intrigue; powerful and seedy, with its
mobs and millionaires—this is the period when Hitler was beginning his
move to power. The Berlin Stories is inhabited by a wealth of
characters: the unforgettable Sally Bowles, whose misadventures in the
demimonde were popularized on the American stage and screen by Julie
Harris in I Am A Camera and Liza Minnelli in Cabaret;
Mr. Norris, the improbable old debauchee mysteriously caught between
the Nazis and the Communists; plump Fräulein Schroeder, who thinks an
operation to reduce the scale of her Büste might relieve her heart
palpitations; and the distinguished and doomed Jewish family, the
Landauers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811220286
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 12/20/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 109,224
  • File size: 619 KB

Meet the Author

Christopher Isherwood (1904-1986), perhaps the first major openly gay writer to be read extensively by a wider audience, was one of the most distinguished authors of the twentieth century. His literary friendships encompassed such writers as W. H. Auden, E. M.
Forster, Stephen Spender, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, and
Somerset Maugham.

Armistead Maupin is the author of nine novels including the six-volume Tales of the City series and Michael Tolliver Lives.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2000

    good book

    i enjoyed this book. the first part, the last of mr. norris, is a short novel. the second part, goodbye to berlin, is sort of a collection of sketches. my favorite of the sketches is 'the landauers.' sorry, sally, but i find natalia landauer more interesting. my favorite sentence in this book comes from chapter 8 of mr. norris, 'like a long train which stops at every dingy little station, the winter dragged slowly past.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 1999

    Sensitive and thought-provoking

    This book is perfectly fascinating! The characters are so real and they hit so close to home. My personal favorite is the collection of sketches and scenes entitled 'Sally Bowles'. Sally is one of the most interesting and extraordinary characters one can find in literature. Her relationship with Christopher is magnificent ... it is so pure. I reccommend seeing the movie version (Cabaret) with Liza Minelli. Ms. Minelli makes an enchanting Sally Bowles, and Michael York is a lovable Brian (Christopher).

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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